The zoo of Bochum city operates under Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum the zoo of Bochum city. This 1.9 hectare zoo is situated in the city park and shows about 3,900 animals of 330 species in round the year accessible facilities.
The beginnings of the Bochum zoo goes back to the founding of the association Bochum Tierparkfreunde e. V. on March 3, 1933.
In the same year, the first animal enclosure for deer, sheep and birds of prey was created in the city park on Bismarckturm, followed by monkey, bird and exotic house. In 1939 the bear canyon and aquarium house were added.